Sooo….Nickelodeon’s “GAK” Was Named After the Philly Slang Word for Heroin


Remember GAK?

“GAK is great stuff!” “GAK is stretchy!” GAK is also smack! Marc Summers, the host of the Nickelodeon show that created GAK, Double Dare, has at last explained the etymology of the word. He and his Philly-based crew of “interesting” characters named the gooey, oozing substance after the local slang word for heroin. (Summers still splits his time between LA and Philly.) Jump to the 00:45 mark for confirmation that all your childhood memories were constructed by cynical, damaged adults playing inside jokes on you.

h/t BuzzFeed